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  1. PacificPredator

    Saturday 6/22/19 Catalina Report

    My bro-in law and I took my sons and 3 of their friends fishing today at Cat for my oldest son's birthday out of LBC. At 06:00 we were about 5th in line for Nacho, and it went pretty quickly. He had decent deans and squid. Opted for dines, and we had fresh frozen squid. Crossing was pretty...
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    Dead Baby Whale, Long Beach juvi White Seabass, and Mylar balloons

    Took my son out for a local trip today out of Long Beach. Slept in and got a late start, maybe 09:00, nobody in line at Nachos. Sweet. Got a full scoop of squid ($75 o_O). Knew we would not use it all but wanted some for the freezer. We messed around Huntington flats for several small...
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    Help wanted to spot Spotted Giant Sea Bass

    Mods, sorry if posting in the wrong forum. Have you all seen this about BSBs? http://www.gazettes.com/entertainment/help-wanted-to-spot-giant-sea-bass/article_4802ba5e-8c62-11e8-bd74-9b0e1f72e488.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next http://spottinggiantseabass.msi.ucsb.edu/ "Nearly extinct"...
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    08/19 Catalina Yellows

    Took my friend and son to the island for my 45th birthday. Not-so-cured deans from Nacho at 06:00 and off. The channel crossing was smoother than forecasted, 72 deg and clean blue, but not much life. Paddy spotting was not ideal due to the microchop. We did find 2 decent size ones but no...
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    Quick Catalina report - 4/15/17

    Quick report...fished the front side Saturday with an old friend. Started from Hunt. Harbor a little late, and pulled up to Nacho's around 06:30 and we was OUT of bait.:shithappens: No Squid and not even Dines. Ran to SP Bait and got a nice mix of Dines/Chovies. Reportedly the squid boats...
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    8/29 good day at the Shoe

    My Dad is town from back East and I wanted to put him on some heavy pullers. So we set out with my two boys, arrived at Nachos 08:00, 12th in line but it went fast. Made it out to the green buoy area and put out the trollers. 30# fluoro, 4/0 hooks. Within 5 minutes hooked one and lost it to a...
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    8/22 Green buoy / Shoe YT

    Needed to fuel the boat for an island trip tomorrow and decided to make a quick run to the Shoe with my dad and oldest son, even though it was around 11:00 and I knew the wind would soon pick up. Grabbed half a scoop from Nacho and ran out. Flylining / drifting, hooked a small bonito right away...
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    Catalina Sunday - frontside

    Left the slip at 05:45 with my boys and got some mackerel-sized sardines... and sardine-sized macks ...from Nacho. They were pretty weak. Destination, mid-front side. My goal was to have the boys get their first YTs. Crossed the 150 area and saw zero life and zero paddies. Water was 64 or...
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    2000 Shamrock 220 Predator Cuddy WA, NEW engine

    Up for sale is my 2000 220 Shamrock Predator, 'Pacific Predator'. Here are some features of this boat: -4 hours on a brand NEW 5.7 MPI V8 Mercruiser installed in December. -Direct drive, true inboard. -Nice Furuno electronics: FCV 620 Fishfinder and 1623 Radar. -Garmin GPSMap 492 plotter...
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    8/20 Mid-week Catalina report-YT

    Left LB around 05:30 with sardines from Nacho; my two sons, and two brothers-in-law...skipping work and celebrating my BD (was yesterday but couldn't get out until today). Was worried about the NOAA weather and heavy lightning in the east...but we determined the storm was heading NE away from us...
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    07/30/14- Out of Long Beach, paddy hopping and Catalina

    It had been almost a year since I've been out with my bro-in-law and that's just not right. So even as busy as I am with work, decided to head out mid-week and avoid the weekend zoo. Plan was to head towards the 14 and possibly south/209 in search of paddies / puddlers. Left slip at 05:00 and...
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    How much should you tip Vessel Assist ?

    So, my boat spent the night at Cat. and is being towed across the channel as I write this. (see my other post from yesterday) Meeting them at the launch ramp in a few hours. Of course I'm a member so the tow is free (thank goodness).:rofl: But how much would you tip the Captain for this...
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    Avalon Bank-152-277 Sat. 9/15/12

    277 / Slide area Conditions report: Got some crappy dines from Nacho (he said they were only cured 2 days) and headed out looking for paddies. (but probably should have went home at that point, haha). Temp charts looked good when I checked them last night, but when we got out there it was only...
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    Cudas and Bass on the Flats - 7/22/12

    Sorry for the late report. Took out my bro in law and nephew yesterday with my boys. 67 deg water in Alamitos Bay 65 deg outer harbor 63 deg flats, and clean greenish blue - blue. Not much mammal life - just a few scattered dogs. Not many bird schools working either. Late start getting out...
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    What happened to our promising-looking season? What the F!?

    A couple of weeks ago I was fishing beautiful blue 65 deg water on the Huntington flats / inner rigs. Things were looking very promising for the summer bass/cuda bite to really open up...and was hoping for island action to pick up too. My Dad is visting from out of town, and we headed out this...
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    Izors and HB WFO Bass

    Took out a friend and my youngest today. Left the slip around 07:30 and headed to Nacho for a 1/2 scoop of squish. Water was nice today with some long-period swell and little wind. Clean blue-green and 61-63 deg. Guess it didn't roll over too badly with the recent wind. Only got a brown...
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    Catalina East End and Front Side report - 5/9/12

    First post in awhile. Good to be back. I had a day I could take off to make an island trip. I knew the fishing might be tough given the less-than-ideal moon phase/solunar tables but hey, spring has sprung, and you go when you can. No luck with exotics but just wanted to give some recon: Left...
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    California Anglers Misinformed on MLPA Closures

    Here's an email that I received from keepamericafishing.org. I thought it would be helpful to post it here to try and clarify what's going on. The fight is not over - donate today........ . California Anglers Misinformed on Closures Southern California Waters Remain Open to Recreational...
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    Local WSB - 1st for my Dad - 7/2/11

    My parents are out here visiting and I wanted to put my Dad on some fish. I grew up fishing farm ponds back East with him. He loves fishing, but he's never caught much of anything over 5 lbs, and this was only his 2nd or 3rd saltwater experience ever. Fished local most of the day for some...
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    East end report, 06-17-11

    After an OK crossing, got squish from Jim on the Marie Claire to start the day around 07:00. Nice guy. Fished from Silver Cyn to Church Rock, but never found what I thought were good conditions. Colder water than I expected...59-60. Cold gray day. Clean blue outside, milky inside most places...
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    Fishing rules around the rigs just off Huntington Beach

    Hey guys, can someone clarify for me the rules for fishing near the 2 platform rigs off Huntington (dog beach/Bolsa Chica). I think you're supposed to stay 300' away and not anchor within 500'? Is that right? I saw some guys fishing right up close within 100' feet or so and they didn't...
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    05/22/11 - Long Beach, Bass and Barracuda

    Really itching to get over to the island again, but settled for another local trip today. Just practicing for when the island really wakes up, I suppose! In preparation for this summer, fully tested out my new bait tank today with a great load of chovies from Nacho. Fished from 0800 through...
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    5/20/11 - Huntington Flats / LB Wall report

    Got a late start out of Davies at 08:30 but wasn't in a huge rush because of the slack low tide. There was supposed to be a huge south swell so I wasn't sure how far I would go / where I would fish today. Got outside the breakwall and the swell was big, but it was really spaced out so it wasn't...
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    Boat ho needed - Cudas out of Long Beach, Friday

    Update...Got it. All filled up, Thanks, Brad
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    Name this baitfish

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but what is this baitfish? I've never seen one before...
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    Long Beach bassin'

    Quick Long Beach breakwall session today (4/23/11), 07:30-11:00. Cold water - 57, slight downhill current, semi-clean green water. The bass bite has slowed down, and it's especially slow during low slack tide. Caught half a dozen or so calicos on a slow pick, with one nice chunky 3 lb (on the...
  27. PacificPredator

    Long Beach Calico action

    4/10/11 Great conditions today locally (Long Beach). Small mixed swell, water a little dirty and green but not bad. 57-58 at the Breakwall, so it dropped a few deg. but not terrible. Lots of bait in some spots. Full frontal assault on the Wall today. Hit a few of my favortie spots and it was...
  28. PacificPredator

    I.D. this rock fish

    So I caught a few of these (1st pic) yesterday. Pretty sure it's a Bank Perch. Is there another name for them? They're not in the Rockfish I.D. guide. I showed the picture to a game warden at the ramp and even he didn't know. LOL And don't say it's a Brown rockfish... :) The 2nd pic is a...
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    Reefs, rigs, rocks, and breakwall. 4/3/11

    A few days ago, NOAA said that there would be 25 kt winds off Long Beach and a small craft advisory today. But last night the report looked much better so decided to do a local trip today. Winds 10 kt or less the whole morning. A little mixed swell out there, but overall pretty smooth seas. 58...
  30. PacificPredator

    The real reason why fishing has sucked lately...

    I discovered the reason why fishing has sucked lately: I keep a crate of snacks in the cuddy on the boat, and I didn't realize that these were in there. Damnit! Dried bananas apparently have as much bad juju as fresh ones - or maybe it's even more concentrated? Anyway, now that these are...
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    Yellowtail 'Worms' on fish finder?

    Can someone explain why yellowtail (amberjack) seem to make wavy 'worm' patterns on the fish finder? Seems like other fish don't make this pattern. (picture is from another post by someone else)
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    First local Barracuda of 2011 ??

    Fished the East End 3/12 (see separate report). Caught this small Cuda on a plastic which I thought was pretty odd, given the nasty conditions and 53 degree water. First one I've seen up here this year. Barracuda don't really excite me, but I was curious if anybody else has been catching...
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    3/12/11 - Fishing the Tsunami at Catalina

    3/12/11 - I knew the conditions would be weird because of the Tsunami, but my bro-in-law was in town from back east and I wanted to take him out for his first Catalina trip, and his first saltwater fishing in 10 years. We were joined by one of my other bro-in-laws, Kirk. As expected, the seas...
  34. PacificPredator

    Happy COD season! Where are the reports?

    Happy COD (except Ling) season! Where are the reports?Anybody go out today? Planning to go out this weekend for some taco meat...
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    Catalina 2/11/11 Seabass fever

    With seabass fever in the air thanks to reports from the likes of Jonathan, The Dreamer, etc. I became ill Thursday night...and decided to miss work on Friday (and beat the crowds that will surely be there this weekend). It's contagious you know, so my brother in law decided to do the same and...
  36. PacificPredator

    Fishing the southeast shelf out of Long Beach 2/5/11

    The Plan: Took 2 buddies and my sons out in search of fillets...small fillets (sand dabs). Since Izor's has been slow lately, and inshore is no good, figured we would hit the double rig area for some sand dabbing. Late start around 07:00 from Davies. Chilly at first but beautiful flat seas, no...
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    Catalina East End report - 1/23/11

    So of course I knew of the small craft advisory Sunday, but it was supposed to be from Pt. Magu to Santa Monica. LBC / Catalina was supposed to be OK. Regardless, started out mindful of the wind. We (2 bro-in laws, sons, and nephew) got squid around 06:30 from LBBC and it was nice and calm up...
  38. PacificPredator

    Squid pollution

    I know Catalina has squid pollution going on right now. When so much squid is around (fresh dead piled on the bottom, and live swimming around in broad daylight), does it make sense to offer up sardines to give the fish some 'variation' in their diet?